Cooperstown, N.Y. - The Cooperstown boys basketball team won its first state championship in program history in March. This weekend, the baseball team will look to follow suit.
The 19-4 state-ranked No. 2 Hawkeyes had a thrilling come-from-behind victory against Tioga last Saturday, scoring four runs in the seventh inning to rally for the regional title.
It's the furthest a Cooperstown baseball team has gone, matching the run that the 2017 team had.
"We’re feeling great, we’re definitely really excited," said sophomore Kendall Haney. "We’ve been waiting for this all year to play in the last weekend, and its here. So we’re going to go out and try to perform."
The team is motivated to take the program to an even higher height.
"Not many of the guys were on the 2017 team," said Haney. "Now we've kind of left our own legacy and want to finish it off."
Five players on this team were also on the state championship winning basketball team. They are hoping to replicate that feeling, and make more school history.
"It would mean everything because winning one for basketball was awesome to bring the first one there, and I can imagine it being the same thing along to those lines in baseball," said senior Ben Tafuro. "At the beginning of the year we kind of struggled a little bit, but the way we came together, it would just be an honor to see all the hard work throughout the whole season be worth it and put a banner up."
After hovering around the .500 mark earlier in the season, Cooperstown has gone on a tear to get to this point. Their coach attributes the chemistry and resiliency that his squad possesses for the turn-around.
"It’s a special group," said head coach Frank Miosek. 'We’ve had some superb teams in the past, but this team has got the whole idea of a family.
They center around helping each other, they've got each other’s backs...it would be really special for them to be a state champ."
The Hawkeyes take on Section XI's Pierson/Bridgehampton on Friday at 5 p.m. at Maine-Endwell High School for a spot in the state championship game.
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